That blood type which I have among other other compromises like age, GCA, heart surgery in 2016 was stated in The NY Times.
Best of luck to all of us with that blood type.
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Sun, May 10 2:10pm · Medications for Temporal Arteritis/Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) in Autoimmune Diseases
So glad to hear that. Charann. I have had no flare ups with the GCA but MRIs show irs still there. Take care and wish you the best. Carol
Sun, May 10 9:32am · Medications for Temporal Arteritis/Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) in Autoimmune Diseases
I have had GCA since 2016. I had no symptoms but it was discovered during open heart surgery. I do not have temporal arthritis symptoms…therefore, no pain. However GCA needs to be treated so I was on prednisone and methotrexate. The prednisone was tapered after about 2 years and I no longer take it but still taking the methotrexate. I have had no problems with it except that now if affects my lung and kidney tests. Mayo says the numbers are ok for now. I send them a blood test every three months. Worst side effects were with the prednisone with weight gain. I am one of the lucky ones as I have been able to tolerate every med given to me. Do not assume you will suffer because you may not. In the meantime, I wish you the best. Stay safe, stay well. Carol
John, I got the Shingrix while I was on prednisone for GCA and had no reaction. Saw too many people with Shingles and including my mother. I got the vaccine when I was 74. Asked my rheumatologist at Mayo and he said no problem getting the vaccine. Take care and stay safe.
Mon, Mar 9 3:35pm · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health
I think I must be one of the three blind mice. I don’t think I was depressed at all but did have a sense of awe. The need for open heart surgery came very fast after some tests at Mayo so I didn’t have time to think about it. I had a total arch replacement and an aneurysm repair. Was in the hospital 8 nights and had to go home with oxygen. Still, I felt well, if a bit tired. I was just so grateful to Mayo, the doctors, the kind after care…thankfulness was my main emotion. However I can certainly understand depression about heart surgery, especially for young folk. I was 72 at the time of my surgery. Whatever you feel, I hope it will ease for you. Rehab helps as you can compare notes with others who have been in the same situation. I have another aneurysm that is not quite big enough for surgery. I really don’t worry about it but do keep going for checkups each year at Mayo. I have all the faith in the world for Mayo. Best of everything to all of you heart patients! Carol